Celebrity Apprentice 4 cast names leak out

The Celebrity Apprentice 4 starts filming next week, and several cast members’ names have been leaked to various publications. They include La Toya Jackson, Star Jones, and Mark McGrath, according to Entertainment Weekly, plus Lisa Rinna and Dionne Warwick, according to Gossip Cop.

Many of those people have previous reality show experience: La Toya Jackson was on Armed and Famous while Lisa Rinna has a TV Land series with her husband; Star Jones has hosted a Bad Girls Club reunion and Sugar Ray lead singer Mark McGrath has guest judged American Idol and the Pussycat Doll CW series. And Dionne Warwick appeared on American Idol 5‘s finale.

The current season of The Apprentice is interesting but not doing well in the ratings, perhaps because it lacks the fun of raising money for charity and has replaced celebrities struggling to do real-people things with jobless people acting badly.

But despite the media’s ignorance at the fact that NBC and Mark Burnett are producing another The Celebrity ApprenticeMTV tries to connect the new celebrity season with the low ratings of the regular version–NBC announced all the way back in May that it would air both editions this year.

‘Celebrity Apprentice’ exclusive: La Toya Jackson, Mark McGrath, and Star Jones in next cast [Entertainment Weekly]
Lisa Rinna and Dionne Warwick to Appear on New “Celebrity Apprentice” [Gossip Cop]

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